Sunday, September 22, 2013

Simplicity 2155 - A Sew Bossy Swap

Are you thinking "Sew Bossy", what is Lori talking about now?  Well it is a swap  where one partner gets to "boss" around the other swap partner.  Here is a link for the explanation and information.  My friend Lynne and I were emailing back and forth about sewing, life, painting furniture, etc and she told me about this.  I said sounds like fun, should we do it?  Lynne said yes and off we went - Sew Bossy Swap partners.  Lynne is organizing a Sew Bossy Swap (SBS) at her blog, so if you are interested leave a comment on Boss Around post at her blog.

Now back to my SBS, it arrived in the mail with this gorgeous sketch on the outside of the box, isn't' that the best?  


Lynne's idea was based on this Cabi Vest and included in my package was everything I needed to make this vest - the pattern, plaid fabric, lining, faux leather, buttons and thread.

I went to work on

Cutting out all the pieces and I interfaced each piece with Fashion Sewing Supply's Pro-weft Light Fusible.

The pattern is for an unlined vest, I did a quick search and found Sigrid's tutorial for lining a vest.  My only change was to use the back facing piece from the fashion fabric and then adjust the back lining for the facing.

Here are some details of the vest on my dressform.

The back seam and back of vest.  I cut out my pattern pieces one layer at a time.  This helped tremendously to get the plaid all lined up.


Side bias piece, a fun look plus helps eliminate some of that plaid matching!!


Bound buttonholes.  I did several test buttonholes before I decided to use the faux leather.  I just wasn't pleased with the fashion fabric.  The plaids were all over the place, so tried a couple with bias but that still was just too busy. I am very happy with the decision of the faux leather. I used 
the ebook from Did You Make That, it is a great book and asset for the sewing room


The faux leather collar.  The pattern has you baste in some pleat lines but then I could not find where you did anything with those lines.  I just left it flat and liked this look.  I tend to speed read a pattern, so I might have missed Simplicity's instructions for these lines.  In my defense, I looked a couple of times!



I took some pictures this afternoon in my vest - denim shirt, jeans and boots.

First set is with the belt


I took these in the shade so, I did some edits to them and lightened this one so you could see the details:

 Now without the belt


I can see wearing this vest either way. It will be a well-worn and well-loved garment this winter.

Thank you, Lynne, you can be Bossy anytime!
 

32 comments:

  1. Great vest, Lori! Perhaps the collar marks were meant for the coral version shown on the envelope? There's something going on in the collar region of that one, but I think your collar looks perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Marianne and your might be right about the coral one. I am with you, like it better without it.

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  2. It is very nice, and looks great on you. The bias side panels and pleather make the vest.

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    1. Thank you, I like the pleather combination.

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  3. You have done a brilliant job on this vest. The combination of the pleather and the plaid fabric work beautifully together.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. Lynne did a great job on the planning of the vest.

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  4. Well done. Looks fabulous.

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    1. Thank you, Vicki, I appreciate all your comments.

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  5. Your vest turned out great. GOod job Lori, and Lynne! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, it was a good partnership on this vest.

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  6. It's EXACTLY how I imagined it, Lori! Oh my gosh, it's so perfect for you! And you had a challenge or two along the way...that's good! I will tackle your project as soon as the stars align and I can get sewing again! Very nicely done!

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    1. Thanks, Lynne, you had a great vision. I appreciate your all your planning on this one.

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  7. It's EXACTLY how I imagined it, Lori! Oh my gosh, it's so perfect for you! And you had a challenge or two along the way...that's good! I will tackle your project as soon as the stars align and I can get sewing again! Very nicely done!

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    1. Thanks, Lynne, you do a great job planning, I love my vest.

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  8. Nice job! I can't wait to wear fall clothes - here in Dallas it's still a bit warm. You have a very smart bossy friend!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa, there is a crispness in the air but I am still wearing capris! And you are right I have a very smart bossy friend.

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  9. I love the colors!! Turned out great.

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  10. Wow! Great job. I normally don't like plaids but then I see something like this and think you could do that!! Love the contrasting fabrics which makes it work so well.

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    1. Thank you, Linda, the bias and pleather are a good combination.

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  11. What a terrific friend who really understands you and your style. Your vest is beautiful and beautifully made. If you don't mind, I've been wondering how to clean 'faux leather'... is it machine washable at all? Thanks Lori!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, she is a great friend. I am not sure about machine washing but from the feel I would say wash cold and line dry. Can you tell I did not pretreat? Since it was outerwear, I thought washing would be limited.

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  12. Wow, what a transformation cause I couldn't even imagine what the results would be. Belted or not it looks great on your.

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    1. Thanks, Faye, I think Lynne had a great plan.

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  13. this is fabulous! Great collaboration. Love the faux leather accents and details. I'm curious about care as well - damp cloth? Or dry clean only? g

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    1. Thank you. I think you could was cold water, delicate or hand wash cycle. I have some leftover, I will run it through a wash cycle. On my vest I will damp cloth or dry clean.

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  14. What a great vest and even better what a great way to share friendship.

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    1. Thank you Jane, it was a very fun swap. I can't wait to see what Lynne does with my fabric, she will make it fabulous.

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  15. You really lucked out with the swap. It looks like Lynne knows you well as this vest is perfect on you and for you! Love all the details -- leather color and bound buttonholes, bias on the side. All around cuteness!

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    1. Thank you, Cissie, Lynne did a perfect with the swap and my style.

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  17. This looks so cool! I love love love love love it! Great job to both you and Lynne!

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